With Transistor Control Means In The Line Circuit Patents (Class 363/89)
  • Patent number: 11121579
    Abstract: A power supply circuit supplying power to components of a fixed or mobile electrical or electronic device includes a main battery, an auxiliary battery, and main and auxiliary switch units. The main battery and the main switch unit form a main power supply circuit, and the auxiliary battery and the auxiliary switch unit form an auxiliary power supply circuit. The main switch unit includes a lighting unit controlling the switching on or off of the auxiliary switch unit. When the lighting unit is switched on, the auxiliary switch unit is switched off and the auxiliary power supply circuit is disabled. When the lighting unit is switched off, the auxiliary switch unit is switched on and the auxiliary power supply circuit is enabled. An electronic device including such a power supply circuit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Xing Yang
  • Patent number: 11115618
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses television power driving device and television, standby control module controls power supply module to turn on resonance control module and PFC circuit successively when receiving power-on signal, PFC circuit outputs PFC voltage to first and second LLC resonance modules, first LLC resonance module converts PFC voltage into first voltage and second voltage according to first control signal, outputs respectively to mainboard and secondary LLC control module for power, after being rectified and filtered by rectifying filter module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SKYWORTH-RGB ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangfeng Hu, Xiaojie Bao, Sikuan Shen
  • Patent number: 11108327
    Abstract: A selected-parameter adaptively switched power conversion system, for example, includes a counter for determining a period of an output oscillation a power supply switch, where the output oscillation starts when an output current generated by stored power of the power supply coil decays substantially to zero. An event generator for generating a switching delay event in response to the determined output oscillation period and generates a switching delay event in response to a determination of a phase of the output oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Subrahmanya Bharathi Akondy, Hrishikesh Nene
  • Patent number: 11095209
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power control circuit and a power device using the power control circuit, wherein quasi resonance is performed by the power control circuit using a coil, current flowing in the coil is monitored by a simple configuration, and a zero cross point or a bottom in resonance is detected. The present invention provides a power control circuit and a power device using the power control circuit. The power control circuit includes a detection circuit connected to a drain of MOSFET, the MOSFET serially connected between an inductor connected to an alternating-current wire and a current sensing resistor connected to ground potential; and a quasi resonance control circuit connected to the detection circuit and the MOSFET for performing quasi resonance control to inductor-current at a zero cross point or a bottom point in a time sequence of discharging while conducting the inductor-current of the inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Imanaka
  • Patent number: 11095230
    Abstract: A method of AC-to-DC conversion is disclosed, comprising steps of: rectifying an AC voltage to a pulsating DC voltage; coupling the pulsating DC voltage to a capacitor via a switch; coupling an output voltage of the capacitor to a load; monitoring a signal of the load; determining a voltage deviation of the signal of the load from a predetermined reference; in synchronization and in every cycle of the pulsating DC voltage, turning on the switch at a first time instant when the switch is not forward biased and turning off the switch in response to the voltage deviation at a second time instant; whereby the signal of the load is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: King Kuen Hau
  • Patent number: 11095218
    Abstract: A low-power direct current-direct current (DC-DC) converter includes a capacitor, an inductor electrically connected to the capacitor, a first switch configured to be turned on for a first switching interval and supply energy from an input power source to the inductor for the first switching interval, a second switch configured to be turned on for a second switching interval and electrically connect the inductor and a ground terminal for the second switching interval, and a switching control circuit configured to generate first and second switching signals. The switching control circuit is further configured to generate a first sample signal by sampling the voltage level of a first node, and to determine, responding to the first sample signal in time domain, an pulse width adjustment adapted to adjust at least one of the length of a second switching interval and the length of a common blocking interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ABOV SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong Jin Kim, Suk Kyun Hong, Hyun Kyu Kim, Eung Oh, Suk Yun
  • Patent number: 11088538
    Abstract: A module of suppressing inrush current, a method of controlling the module of suppressing inrush current and an on-board bidirectional charger using the same are provided. The on-board bidirectional charger includes a PFC-inverter module and the module of suppressing inrush current, and the module of suppressing inrush current includes a controlled switch and a suppressor of suppressing inrush current connected in parallel with the controlled switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao Sun, Lei Chang, Jinfa Zhang
  • Patent number: 11081966
    Abstract: A power converter controller includes a control loop clock generator to generate a switching frequency signal responsive to a burst load threshold, a power signal, and a load signal. A switching frequency of the switching frequency signal is above a mechanical audio resonance range of an energy transfer element and above an audible noise frequency. A burst control circuit generates a burst on signal and a burst off signal in response to a feedback signal and a burst enable signal to operate the controller in a plurality of burst modes. A burst frequency of the burst on signal or the burst off signal is less than the mechanical audio resonance range. A request transmitter circuit generates a request signal responsive to the switching frequency signal, the burst on signal, and the burst off signal to control switching of a switching circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: POWER INTEGRATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Mayell, Yueming Wang, Roger Colbeck
  • Patent number: 11054851
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to a circuit for power factor correction (“PFC”), the circuit including: a mains filter and rectifier configured to generate an input voltage for power factor correction and transmit the input voltage to a PFC controller and a load block; a voltage regulator configured to regulate the input voltage and output a control signal to an adder; a mains voltage sensor configured to sense a mains voltage and output a sensed mains voltage; a bandpass filter configured to filter out frequencies in a range of resonance frequencies of the sensed mains voltage and output an additional signal; and an adder configured to add the additional signal to the control signal and output a desired input current to the PFC controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Hans Halberstadt
  • Patent number: 11056969
    Abstract: A boost converter includes a voltage output terminal, a power transistor, and short circuit protection circuitry. The voltage output terminal is configured to provide a boosted output voltage generated by the boost converter. The power transistor is configured to draw current through an inductor. The short circuit protection circuitry is configured to control current flow through the inductor responsive to detection of a short circuit at the voltage output terminal. The short circuit protection circuitry includes an output switch coupled to an input terminal of the power transistor and connected to the voltage output terminal. The output switch is configured to switch current flow from the inductor to the voltage output terminal. The output switch is a negative (N) channel metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Linjue Li
  • Patent number: 11031870
    Abstract: A power supply circuit having a rectifier circuit that rectifies an AC voltage, an inductor, a transistor that controls an inductor current flowing through the inductor, a drive signal generating circuit that generates a drive signal based on the inductor current and an output voltage generated from the AC voltage, and a drive signal output circuit outputting the drive signal. The drive signal generating circuit includes a command-value output unit that outputs a command value for increasing and decreasing the inductor current when the output voltage is lower or higher than a target level, respectively, a rectified-voltage calculation unit that calculates a value of the rectified voltage based on an inductance of the inductor and an amount of change in the inductor current in a predetermined time period, and an ON-period calculation unit that calculates an ON period in a switching period of the transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryuji Yamada
  • Patent number: 11025052
    Abstract: Power converters, protection systems and methods to protect a precharge circuit in which a precharge resistor voltage is indirectly monitored during a normal operating mode, and a rectifier and an inverter are selectively disabled in response to the indirectly measured precharge resistor voltage indicating a fault in a precharge circuit SCR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Roberts, Yogesh P. Patel, Jiangang Hu, Lixiang Wei
  • Patent number: 11005390
    Abstract: Methods and systems to transform an alternating current into constant-polarity constant or pulsed voltages, provide these to a first group of contacts of an electrical connector assembly such that none of the contacts is subjected to polarity reversal, receive the constant-polarity constant or pulsed voltages from a second group of contacts of the electrical connector assembly, and reconstruct the alternating current from these voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Windgassen, Harvey P. Hack
  • Patent number: 10994623
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a motor drive circuit includes a first energy storage device configured to supply electrical energy, a bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter coupled to the first energy storage device, a voltage inverter coupled to the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter, and an input device configured to receive electrical energy from an external energy source. The motor drive circuit further includes a coupling system coupled to the input device, to the first energy storage device, and to the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter. The coupling system has a first configuration configured to transfer electrical energy to the first energy storage device via the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter, and has a second configuration configured to transfer electrical energy from the first energy storage device to the voltage inverter via the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Dean King, Robert Louis Steigerwald
  • Patent number: 10985664
    Abstract: An example voltage converter includes a transformer having a primary winding, a first secondary winding, and a second secondary winding; a first transistor connected between a first terminal of the first secondary winding and electrical ground, where the first transistor has a first drain; a second transistor connected between a second terminal of the second secondary winding and electrical ground, where the second transistor has a second drain; and a capacitor connectable along a current path to the transformer via at least one of the first transistor or the second transistor. A control system detects a first voltage at the first drain and a second voltage at the second drain, and generates pulse-width modulated control signals based at least on the first and second voltages to control operation of the first and second transistors to produce voltage at the primary winding based on a voltage across the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Steven Mark Malechek
  • Patent number: 10978948
    Abstract: Direct-current-to-direct-current (DC-DC) power converters that include two or more multi-quadrant, multi-level, DC-DC, switching converter subcircuits, connected in parallel at respective input and output sides, so as to provide a multi-channel, multi-quadrant, multi-level configuration, are disclosed. The DC-DC power converters further include a control circuit configured to control the switching converter subcircuits so that corresponding switching semiconductors in each of the switching converter subcircuits are switched in an interleaved manner. In some embodiments, each of the switching converter subcircuits is a three-level, neutral-point-clamped, four-quadrant DC-DC converter circuit. In other embodiments, each of the switching converter subcircuits is a three-level, neutral-point-clamped, two-quadrant DC-DC converter circuit. In any of these embodiments, a filter capacitor may be connected between across a pair of output terminals at the output sides of the switching converter subcircuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Yu Du, Eddy Aeloiza, Rolando Burgos
  • Patent number: 10978945
    Abstract: Disclosed is a semiconductor device for switching power supply control including: a power supply terminal; a current inflow terminal; a starting circuit; and a brownout detection circuit, wherein a control signal of a switching element is generated, the starting circuit includes: a first comparator; a starting control circuit which controls on and off of the switch; and an operation start circuit which detects that the voltage of the power supply terminal becomes equal to or more than a predetermined voltage, and generates a signal for operating an internal circuit, and the brownout detection circuit includes: a voltage divider; a second comparator which has a hysteresis characteristic for detecting generation of a brownout state; a timer circuit which measures a predetermined time during which the generation of the brownout state continues; and an output stop circuit which stops outputting of a switching control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Matsuda, Satoshi Arima
  • Patent number: 10978238
    Abstract: A coil component including 2N coils, N being an integer of two or more, wherein the 2N coils are configured to form N pairs, and wherein when coils other than a first coil and a second coil forming one of the N pairs are defined as the other coils, a magnetic coupling between the first coil and the second coil is stronger than a magnetic coupling between the first coil and each of the other coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Manuufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Yoshioka, Akinori Hamada, Atsuo Hirukawa
  • Patent number: 10965209
    Abstract: When an input voltage changes due to switching of an AC power supply, as a result of a change in a timing at which an inductor current becomes zero and an element voltage of a switching element becomes local minimum, a switching loss increases. Provided is a power supply controller that includes a switch control unit that controls an on/off of a switching element of a boost chopper; a detection unit that detects that a first value based on an inductor voltage of an inductor of the boost chopper is less than a threshold: and a delay adjustment unit that adjusts a delay time from when the detection unit detects that the first value is less than the threshold until when the switch control unit turns on the switching element according to a second value based on the inductor voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuta Endo
  • Patent number: 10948932
    Abstract: A power management integrated circuit (PMIC) for managing energy from an energy harvester is provided. The PMIC includes a discontinuous mode (DCM) voltage converter for outputting current pulses wherein the input and output voltages are sensed and digitized. The PMIC includes a power control circuit configured for selecting a power operational mode based on a monitoring of a parameter indicative of the input power Pin and based on a comparison of this parameter with one or more parameter reference values. The PMIC further includes a controller configured for defining a maximum peak current of the current pulses based on the input and output voltages of the voltage converter and based on the power mode selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: E-PEAS S.A.
    Inventors: Julien De Vos, Geoffroy Gosset, Cedric Hocquet
  • Patent number: 10924003
    Abstract: A controller IC has, for example, a current detection terminal for detecting a coil current passing in a switching power supply and an on-timing setter configured to check for a ground short circuit at the current detection terminal when an output transistor turns off to generate an on-timing setting signal so as to turn on the output transistor, during normal operation, at the time point that the coil current has decreased to a zero value or a value close thereto and, during a ground short circuit, after the lapse of a predetermined minimum off-period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Maejima
  • Patent number: 10910958
    Abstract: In a control apparatus, a voltage obtainer obtains an alternating-current voltage having a polarity across first and second alternating-current terminals. An overcurrent determiner determines whether a target current flowing through the first and second alternating-current terminals is in an overcurrent state. A controller alternately turns on a first set of first and fourth switches and a second set of second and third switches in accordance with the polarity of the alternating-current voltage. The controller changes a switching operation of at least one of the first to fourth switch being in an on state to thereby reduce the target current flowing through the first and second alternating-current terminals upon determination that the target current flowing through the first and second alternating-current terminals is in the overcurrent state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoto Kobayashi, Seiji Iyasu, Yuichi Handa
  • Patent number: 10862397
    Abstract: A switch-mode power supply includes a transformer, a power transistor, pulse generation circuitry, and a dual ramp modulation (DRM) circuit. The power transistor is coupled to a primary coil of the transformer. The pulse generation circuitry is configured to generate a power transistor activation signal. The DRM circuit is coupled to the pulse generation circuitry. The DRM circuit is configured to generate a leading edge blank time signal that disables inactivation of the power transistor activation signal for a predetermined interval (a leading edge blank time) after a leading edge of the power transistor activation signal. The DRM circuit is also configured to generate a reset signal that inactivates the power transistor activation signal while the leading edge blank time signal is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Pei-Hsin Liu, Richard Lee Valley
  • Patent number: 10848063
    Abstract: Techniques for a sinking and sourcing power stage are provided. In an example, a power stage circuit can include a first power transistor configured to couple to a first input power rail, a second power transistor configured to couple to a second input power rail, an output node configured to couple to a load and to couple the first power transistor in series with the second power transistor between the first and second input power rails, and a controller configured to operate the first and second power transistors in a first mode to source current to the load and to operate the first and second power transistors in a second mode to sink current from the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices International Unlimited Company
    Inventor: Hio Leong Chao
  • Patent number: 10819143
    Abstract: The redundant power supply device includes a power output port, a converter, a comparator unit and an output protection switch. The output protection switch is electrically connected between an output terminal of the converter and the power output port, and the comparator unit compares the voltage across the output protection switch and controls the output protection switch accordingly. The redundant power supply device has a control module that performs a protection control method. When the voltage of the power output port is higher than a preset voltage value and the output current is lower than a preset current value, the control module outputs a short turn-off signal to the enable terminal of the comparator unit, preventing the comparator unit from failing to perform the output protection as designed due to external abnormal slow rising voltage, and ensuring the redundant power supply unit operates normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ACBEL POLYTECH INC.
    Inventor: Chia-Chih Hsiang
  • Patent number: 10811990
    Abstract: An active rectifier includes first and second DC nodes, a switching circuit, and a controller configured to compute a voltage reference according to a load signal of the DC output, and a non-linear relationship between a load condition of the DC output and a DC bus voltage at the DC output, and to generate rectifier switching control signals according to the voltage reference to cause the switching circuit to convert AC input power from the AC input to control the DC bus voltage at the DC output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmed S. Mohamed Sayed Ahmed, Lixiang Wei, Ehsan Al-Nabi, Nirav Patel, Sang Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10797606
    Abstract: A power converter controller includes a control loop clock generator that generates a switching frequency signal in response to a sense signal representative of a characteristic of the power converter, a load signal responsive to an output load, and a limit signal representative of a maximum length of a current half cycle of the switching frequency signal. A comparator generates an enable signal in response to the load signal and a load threshold. A limit control generates the limit signal in response to the enable signal and the switching frequency signal. A rate of change of half cycles of the switching frequency signal is controlled in response to the limit signal. A request transmitter generates a request signal in response to the switching frequency signal to control switching of a switching circuit coupled to the energy transfer element and an input of the power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Mayell, Roger Colbeck, Hartley Fred Horwitz, Igor Miletic
  • Patent number: 10790752
    Abstract: A power supply device includes a voltage dividing circuit, a first transformer, a comparator, a second transformer, and an output stage circuit. The voltage dividing circuit generates a reference voltage according to an input voltage. The first transformer generates a transformation voltage and a feedback voltage according to the input voltage. The comparator compares the feedback voltage with the reference voltage to generate a comparison voltage. The second transformer generates a control voltage according to the comparison voltage. The output stage circuit selectively generates an output voltage according to the transformation voltage and the control voltage. If the RMS (Root-Mean-Square) value of the input voltage is higher than or equal to a threshold voltage, the output stage circuit will continuously output the output voltage. If the RMS value of the input voltage is lower than the threshold voltage, the output stage circuit will stop outputting the output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Tzu-Tseng Chan
  • Patent number: 10763738
    Abstract: During a first mode of operation, a zero current detect (ZCD) signal is asserted in response to detecting a zero current condition at a switch node of a power converter. The power converter enters a light load mode of operation when the ZCD signal is asserted between a beginning point and a trigger point of a period of a PWM signal. A compensator voltage is generated based on a feedback voltage indicative of an output voltage. The compensator voltage is compared to a threshold voltage that represents a limit for the compensator voltage during the light load mode of operation determined over a range of the output voltage. The power converter exits the light load mode back to the first mode of operation in response to the compensator voltage being beyond the threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Silanna Asia Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Rawinder Dharmalinggam, Kais Badami, Kok Soon Yeo
  • Patent number: 10742113
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a control circuit, where the control circuit includes: a signal detection unit, a zero-crossing detection (ZCD) signal acquisition unit, a pulse width modulation (PWM) control signal generation unit, and a signal processing unit; where the signal detection unit, the ZCD signal acquisition unit, the PWM control signal generation unit and the signal processing unit are connected in cascade. The control circuit provided in the present disclosure reduces processing delay of a ZCD signal and improve signal a processing accuracy of a power factor correction (PFC) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kang Guo, Hongyuan Jin, Hongbao Wang
  • Patent number: 10734907
    Abstract: Based on a control voltage outputted by a secondary-side control circuit and a drain voltage of a second transistor that has a drain electrode connected to a primary winding of a transformer and performs switching operations based on a gate voltage, a control voltage generating circuit of a synchronous rectifier circuit generates the gate voltage of a first transistor. The gate voltage turns off the first transistor irrespective of the control voltage at timing where the drain voltage falls from a first value to a second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Tatsuya Hirose
  • Patent number: 10700522
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and device for processing a voltage drop, a grid interconnection method and device for processing an electrical apparatus, and a system. The method includes: acquiring a drop amplitude of a first voltage for each phase in a three-phase alternating current (S204); and under a condition in which the first voltage for any phase in the three-phase alternating current drops, performing reactive power compensation according to a drop amplitude of the first voltage for a phase in which the first voltage drops (S206). Therefore, the electrical apparatus has a low voltage ride-through function, thereby solving the technical problem of a large deviation of voltage drop amplitude determination arising from an asymmetrical drop of three phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANCES, INC. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Weitao Ni, Shiyong Jiang, Xuefen Zhang, Jianhua Li, Hewei Lou, Jing Wang
  • Patent number: 10673344
    Abstract: A switching power supply circuit with synchronous rectifier has an energy storage component, a rectifier switch coupled to a secondary side of the energy storage component, and a secondary side control circuit. The secondary side control circuit provides a driving signal to control the rectifier switch. When the drain-source voltage across the rectifier switch is less than a first threshold value, the secondary side control circuit controls the driving signal to be a maximum voltage to control the rectifier switch being fully on for a predetermined duration. After a predetermined duration, the secondary side control circuit adjusts the voltage of the driving signal based on the drain-source voltage across the rectifier switch and a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Chengdu Monolithic Power Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Siran Wang
  • Patent number: 10651754
    Abstract: An AC-DC converter with secondary side controller and synchronous rectifier (SR) architecture and method for operating the same are provided. Generally, the controller is implemented as an integrated circuit including a peak-detector module having a peak comparator with a first input coupled to a drain of the SR through a single SR sense (SR-SNS) pin to receive a sinusoidal input. A sample and hold (S/H) circuit with an input coupled to the SR-SNS pin samples the sinusoidal input and holds on an output of thereof a peak sampled voltage received on the input. A direct current (DC) offset voltage coupled between the output of the S/H circuit and the second input of the peak comparator subtracts an DC offset voltage from the peak sampled voltage to compensate for DC offset inaccuracies introduced by the S/H circuit and the peak comparator. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Saravanan Murugesan, Karri Rajesh, Pulkit Shah, Arun Khamesra, Hariom Rai
  • Patent number: 10644601
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards a buck converter circuit including a controller circuit. In some embodiments, the buck converter circuit includes a first switching device, a second switching device, an inductor, and a controller. The inductor is electrically coupled to a node at which a source/drain terminal of the first switching device and a source/drain terminal of the second switching device are electrically coupled. The controller is configured to alternatingly change the first switching device between ON and OFF, and further configured to alternatingly change the second switching device between ON and OFF. The first switching device is OFF while the second switching device is ON. The first switching device is partially ON immediately before or after the second switching device transitions between ON and OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Cheng Pao, Chu Fu Chen, Chih-Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 10630197
    Abstract: A power converter circuit includes a rectifier circuit having first and second input terminals that receive an AC input voltage and first and second output terminals that output a DC bus voltage, and a series circuit comprising a switch connected in series with an input capacitor connected across the first and second output terminals. A controller controls the switch so that the switch is on at least during a period when a magnitude of the AC input voltage is less than a selected DC bus voltage, and the switch is off during a period when the magnitude of the AC input voltage is greater than the selected DC bus voltage and less than a peak value of the AC input voltage. Power adapters incorporating these features benefit from low component count, reduced component current stress, reduced size and weight, and low cost, making then suitable for a range of portable devices such as laptop computers and cellphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Queen's University at Kingston
    Inventors: Yang Chen, Yan-Fei Liu
  • Patent number: 10608551
    Abstract: A rectifying element includes a MOS transistor series-connected with a Schottky diode. A bias voltage is applied between the control terminal of the MOS transistor and the terminal of the Schottky diode opposite to the transistor. A pair of the rectifying elements are substituted for diodes of a rectifying bridge circuit. Alternatively, the control terminal bias is supplied from a cross-coupling against the Schottky diodes. In another implementation, the Schottky diodes are omitted and the bias voltage applied to control terminals of the MOS transistors is switched in response to cross-coupled divided source-drain voltages of the MOS transistors. The circuits form components of a power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Tours) SAS
    Inventor: Frederic Gautier
  • Patent number: 10601308
    Abstract: Provided are a plurality of circuit blocks each including: a first series circuit including a first rectifying element and a first switching element which are connected in series; a second series circuit including a second rectifying element and a second switching element which are connected in series; and a capacitor, wherein output terminals are connected to both ends of the first series circuit, both ends of the second series circuit, and both ends of the capacitor. Input terminals of the respective circuit blocks are connected in series. An AC power source is connected thereto via a choke, thereby solving the problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SHINDENGEN ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Haga
  • Patent number: 10560997
    Abstract: A lamp driver for an LED lamp includes a voltage input port which is adapted to connect the lamp driver to a power source. A boost converter circuit is connected to the voltage input port. A voltage output port is adapted for connecting an LED to the lamp driver. A shutdown circuit provides a shutdown signal, which is connected to the voltage input port for detecting an input voltage of the voltage input port and is connected to the boost converter circuit for controlling at least one active component of the boost converter. The shutdown circuit is arranged to shut down the boost converter circuit when a shutdown voltage at the voltage input port is detected. During the shutdown of the boost converter circuit, the voltage output port still provides an operation voltage for the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: LEDVANCE GMBH
    Inventors: Yongchang Dai, Xiaoming Fu, Xiangyin Hao, Kun Xiong
  • Patent number: 10559974
    Abstract: An electrical system can include a power supply that provides primary power, and a light fixture having at least one light source, where the light fixture is coupled to the power supply, where the at least one light source illuminates when the light fixture receives the primary power. The electrical system can further include an energy storage unit having at least one energy storage device that charges using the primary power. The electrical system can also include a controller that determines an initial charging period during which the at least one energy storage device is charged using a constant supply of the primary power, where the controller changes the constant supply of the primary power to a trickle charge of the primary power at the end of the initial charging period to maintain a minimum charge level of the at least one energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Odith Porter, Daniel Leland Bragg
  • Patent number: 10498223
    Abstract: A power supply circuit includes: an alternating current-to-direct current (AC-to-DC) converter, a transformer, a first current switch, a switch control circuit and a power factor enhancement circuit. The AC-to-DC converter converts an AC power signal into a DC power signal. The transformer includes a primary side and a secondary side, where a first terminal of the primary side is coupled to the AC-to-DC converter, a second terminal of the secondary side is coupled to a ground voltage level, a first terminal of the first current switch is coupled to a second terminal of the primary side, and a second terminal of the first current switch is coupled to the ground voltage level through an impedance component. The power factor enhancement circuit selectively adjusts a zero current detection voltage to make the switch control circuit set the first current switch to be in a conducting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Tzu-Tseng Chan
  • Patent number: 10498258
    Abstract: A modular multi-level power converter device including an AC output, including a modular multi-level DC/AC converter including a plurality of arms in parallel, ends of which define input terminals, each arm including two lines of modules in series, each switching module including a pair of switches in series, mounted on terminals of an energy-storage device, the DC/AC converter adjusting frequency at an output of the converter device. The device further includes a converter including a DC output, including two output terminals connected to the input terminals of the DC/AC converter, the converter including a DC output adjusting amplitude at an output of the converter device, the DC/AC converter further including a mechanism controlling the switches of the modules, which apply a full-wave command to the switches during at least one time interval, the modules of a single line being in a same state simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER TOSHIBA INVERTER EUROPE SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Lavieville, Cong Martin Wu
  • Patent number: 10496154
    Abstract: An active noise cancelling power supply to perform active noise cancelling of input power with noise to output power. The active noise cancelling power supply having a power transformation device receiving input power and converting the power to a voltage signal with a ripple. The active noise cancelling power supply has a ripple measuring device, which measures the ripple as the voltage signal with a ripple passes through the ripple measuring device producing a ripple signal. A controller with a data storage in communication with a processor, wherein computer instructions in the data storage are configured to instruct the processor to produce a first noise cancellation signal in volts or millivolts out of phase with the ripple signal and inject the first noise cancellation signal on the voltage signal with a ripple at a node forming a clean signal as output power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DEAN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Lynn Edward Roszel, Craig Sean Dean, Scott Richard Wilson, Erik Steven Haugarth, Jan Simon Reuning
  • Patent number: 10491136
    Abstract: An electric power conversion device has an electric power converter and a control device. The control device adjusts an output voltage of the electric power converter to approach a first current flowing a first drive switch to an instruction current during a first period in which an input voltage supplied from an AC power source has a positive polarity, and adjusts the output voltage of the electric power converter to approach a second current flowing a second drive switch to the instruction current during a second period in which the input voltage supplied from the AC power source has a negative polarity. The control device operates a switch arranged in a second current sensor during the first period, and operates a switch arranged in a first current sensor during the second period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiji Iyasu, Yuji Hayashi, Yuichi Handa
  • Patent number: 10474178
    Abstract: A power module is a power module having a PFC (power factor correction) function. The power module includes: IGBTs in a pair; first diodes in a pair connected to the IGBTs in a pair, the first diodes forming a reverse-conducting element; and second diodes in a pair connected to the IGBTs in a pair, the second diodes having a rectifying function. The power module further includes a driving IC that drives the IGBTs in a pair, and P terminals in a pair provided independently of each other. The P terminals are connected to one ends of the first diodes in a pair, respectively, the one ends being opposite to the other ends of the first diodes to which the IGBTs in a pair are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Kato
  • Patent number: 10461628
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a control circuit and a control method, where the control circuit includes: a signal detection unit, a ZCD signal acquisition unit, a signal selection unit, a frequency limiting unit, and a PWM control signal generation unit; where the signal detection unit, the ZCD signal acquisition unit, the signal selection unit, the frequency limiting unit, and the PWM control signal generation unit are connected in cascade. The control circuit and the control method provided in the present disclosure reduce processing delay of a ZCD signal and improve signal processing accuracy of a PFC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Hongbao Wang, Yanling Zong, Liangliang Ren, Dezhi Jiao, Jinfa Zhang
  • Patent number: 10461632
    Abstract: Bridgeless PFC converters. Example embodiments are methods of operating a power converter including operating the power converter during a positive half-line cycle of an alternating current (AC) source by: charging an inductance through a low-side switch with a first charging current having a first polarity; measuring the first charging current using a low-side current transformer (CT), while shorting a secondary winding of a high-side CT; and discharging the inductance through a high-side switch with a first discharging current having the first polarity. Operating the power converter during a negative half-line cycle of the AC source by: charging the inductance through the high-side switch with a second charging current having a second polarity; measuring the second charging current using the high-side CT, while shorting a secondary winding of the low-side CT; and discharging the inductance through the low-side switch with a second discharging current having the second polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nikhilesh S. Kamath, Armando Gabriel Mesa, Ajay Karthik Hari
  • Patent number: 10439504
    Abstract: A power converter device includes: a rectifier configured to convert AC power into DC power based on a PWM control signal; a voltage detecting unit configured to detect a voltage of a smoothing capacitor that is connected on a DC side of the rectifier; a capacitance estimating unit configured to estimate capacitance of the smoothing capacitor; a voltage control unit configured to calculate a voltage loop gain from the estimated capacitance and generate a control voltage from the voltage loop gain and an error between a command voltage and the detected voltage; and a PWM control unit configured to generate the PWM control signal by using the control voltage and control the rectifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunpei Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10439510
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an apparatus includes a bridge rectifier circuit having branches between the AC and DC nodes formed by a set of transistors. A load current measurement circuit includes a current-controlled current source coupled to the bridge rectifier circuit. The current control current source is configured to generate a mirrored current that is a scaled version of a current through at least one of the set of transistors. A current integration circuit is configured to integrate the mirrored current by charging a capacitor with the scaled current in a first mode and discharging the capacitor in a second mode. A sample and hold circuit is configured to set an output node to a voltage equal to a voltage stored by the capacitor in response to the current integration circuit entering the second mode and prior to the discharge of the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Christiaans, Robert Glenn Crosby, II, Fu Chun Zhan
  • Patent number: 10397998
    Abstract: A driver circuit has a driver unit (50) which provides a current for the load (51) based on an input voltage (10) comprising first and second terminals (10a, 10b). The driver unit (50) comprises a linear driver which comprises a current regulating element (Q3) between the input and the load, said element having a controllable resistive characteristic. A compensation unit (52) in series with the driver unit (50) and the input voltage provides a compensating voltage. This is used to control the voltage across the driver unit in dependence on the input voltage and operating conditions of the load. The compensation unit (52) comprises a switch mode power converter and a second capacitor (C2) as an energy source of the switch mode power converter, with the current regulating element (Q3), the load (51) and the second capacitor (C2) in series connection between the first and second terminals (10a, 10b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Priya Ranjan Mishra, Rakeshbabu Panguloori